MIDFIELD NOT SOLELY TO BLAME FOR CREATIVITY PROBLEM! by NM
I have been hearing the constant banter about how the reason we haven’t been creating chances is because Arteta is not a defensive midfielder, and we need Diaby back. Don’t get me wrong, this DOES play a massive part in the defense and attack transition because Diaby is class, which not everybody understands, and he does his job in front of his defence equally as well as he does it behind his attackers, a true box-to-box midfielder! But Diaby coming back, even if he stays fit for the rest of the season will improve the squad drastically, won’t totally solve our problems with creating chances! After all Diaby, just like Arteta, has an attacking instinct that will cause him to lose position just like Arteta when he plays alongside Jack and Cazorla.
How many can remember the last time Podolski played well or Chamberlain (I have purposely omitted Gervinho because there has been no time when he played well this season!) and our attack looked dead? Yeah, you’re having a hard time coming up with that! Each time we played well and scored goals, like at Southampton and Newcastle, Podolski was hot on form! Which brings me to my main point, wingers are a pivotal point to our creativity and our ability to make and create chances and look alive!
Now remember the games where we looked unable to score and create either e.g Southampton 2nd leg, Sunderland, Stoke! Either Podolski was completely off his game and Gervinho was doing what has become his usual thing, beating one player and passing it backwards, or mis-controlling while Walcott was on the bench or if on the pitch seemed like his mind was far from it, because when he was putting in crosses Giroud was scoring them! If our wingers won’t be playing their best, the midfield won’t have any options to create with! you can’t seriously be telling me Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla can’t create!?!?!?!?!
Giroud is a good striker but lets face it he’s not the class that Van persie is to score a goal from nowhere. He needs to be supplied the ball in dangerous positions and with Walcott playing upfront, though he may not be van Persie’s class, his pace enables him to create chances on his own. He has this new found close control and touch that, though inconsistent, make him even more deadly, but this is not enough! IF we can get in hard working wingers this transfer window,who play with heart every game like Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo, Romain Alessandrini of Rennes or Leo Baptistao of Rayo Vallecano, I can guarantee a top four finish and the FA cup final, for these guys WILL score goals and assist and add pressure to Podolski which should improve his consistency. Because let’s face it competition like Gervinho won’t spur you on much!
As for Adrian Lopez, though he can be class he is a classical case of inconsistency, and you need players who play with heart every single game! Manchester United and City as well have wingers who are inconsistent but their strikers are the complete opposite. All play the best they can as long as they are on the pitch which hides the inconsistencies of Young and Valencia just as Van Persie did last season where Gervinho didn’t look that bad because Van Persie always covered up. So if Wenger gets at least two wingers who will play full heartedly game in game out next season you won’t even notice when the midfield isn’t at their best!